Tinted Moisturizer -Elizabeth Arden - Sheer Lights tinted moisturizer
cocorocha 8/18/2010 4:11:00 AM
just bought it today from a friend for a few bucks....I really liked the reviews, so I thought to give it a try,though I never really liked tinted moisturizers due to their lack od pigment and sheerness...I'm a heavy -foundation person myself... The tube (1.6oz) is beautiful, and consistency of the cream is not as liquid as other creams that I've tried...so it is basically very sheer, hydrating cream with almost invisible sparkles in it.. I've got this in Bronze2, which is really bronze....but when I put it to my semi-pale face, it looked really good...like sunkissed skin... The cream is quite orangey, but very sheer and very soft, so there are no streaks on your skin, and the final result looks pretty natural.. It smells like chemicals, cause it contains Oxybenzone, but overall, it doesn't smell that bad.... it lasts on my face for about 3 hours now and still looks ok.. The formula is non greasy, very gentle to my skin,and what I like the most- it is durable and does't come off within 2 hours like other stuff I put on my face... this is a very good product especially for the summer, lightens your face up giving you healthy, sheer glow and a hint of colour.. like it, but the shade is definitely too dark for me...I'd like to try lighter versions but,ok, since I wanted to give it a go and gave a couple of bucks for it, I'm happy!
only 3.9? 3.9? oh people, what's wrong with you?:PPP this is a major parfume...THE perfume...this is why god (Mr. Guerlain that is) created a woman...just to be able to put this exquisite powdery-almondy miracle on her skin... my absolute HG scent for a long number of years...I can totaly understand though,that for some reason (too sweet, to cloying, too..something) some of the reviewers find it bad, or too much.... but you have to admit- this is the closest to perfection in perfume world as it gets... in my humbly,humble opinion.. I realy don't want to talk about composition, notes, feelings...just try it for god's sake...try it... ok...'nuff of histeria.....:)))) (hehe, pulled off to bring the numeros a bit higher, so now it is exactly 4.0!now that looks much better:D)
o my dear lordy lord!!mushymamma nailed it !!! what a wonderful review!!! I second everything she said about No 5.!! And another thing....if this is the perfume for a lady,why that lady has to be 60? lady is a lady..it is an attitude,a posture,a subtle ladylike and poetic energy that oozes from a woman... you really don't have to be an ''old lady'' to be sophisticated,ergo you don't have to be old to wear this wonderful perfume:))
though this frag isn't something I could even call a ''feminine fragrance'', I do really admire the creators and the nose.. such a complex and unique scent, that I just cannot wear... first-it starts with some flowery note and I really hoped this is giong to work for me.. but then, oh THEN- it started to smell soooo bad!leather, horse sht,hay,sweat,poo,old people (sorry but that is my opinion)... heavy,masculine,stale and unpleasant... unique, I admire men and women who can wear this entity...I just can't!!
well, HELOOO Mr. Galliano!!! this is the recipe: Messe de Minuit (frankincense) +violet+iris+dusty rose+musk.... It starts with a very pleasant note, kinda herbal-citrusy angelica (reminds me of Lancaster's Aquasun)...then the frankincense, which is sooo calm and gentle..very pleasant and warm...then after half an hour- powdery rose+violets (Ombre Rose by Brosseau)... and after hour or so- a fantastic powdery and crisp oriental frag which lingers on my skin and has something spicy yet creamy in it..plum jam!!and a pinch of vanilla... wonderful intensity and great sillage the verdict: I sooo want it,like , right away!!!!!! Guerlain and frankincense lovers-do NOT miss this gem!!
Got it in a great swap (gave a decant of my 24 Faubourg for Jicky), tried it yesterday and kaboom!this is the first perfume on my wish list... All reviews of Jicky are 100% accurate and true...very interesting scent you can't confuse with anything even simmilar...oldfashioned vanilla meets lemon meets lavender perfume, with the sweet and refreshing beggining (like Shalimar Legere for example), but with a unbelieveable transformation... first, it was too perfect to be true..my skin took it and savoured it,and I didn't even have to put the hand to my nose how strong and sweet it wass ...but in a very,very good way... oh, sorry, I'm talking about Jicky EDT, okay... no civet roling in a lavender, nothing remotely ''dirty'' on indecent in this scent... just lemon, bergamot,lavender and the most gorgeous vanilla scent ever...later when it settles down on me, it just smells amazing...I detect heavier notes such as vetyver...than of course- iris that gives a very powdery dimension...amber,patchouly,musk... don't know about EDP or pure parfum, but the EDT is an absolute HG scent for me... they just don't make them like they made Jicky any more.... second, after my first HG- Chanel No 5.
Now, this is a veeery pleasant surprise for me.... After testing a few Gres perfume including the harsh-ones like Cabochard (hated it,not for me), Cabotine (hated it also,aldehydes that made me sick), Cabotine Rose (good), I've stumbled on one small sample of Cabaret, not expecting anything special... and then I tried it... this is very sophisticated rose....rose with patchouly,lily of the valley,amber,sandal...oh how delightful!!It is a very feminine chypre scent that reminded me of Voleur de Roses, minus the very offensive patchouly part (to my nose that is).. Gres Cabaret is seductive,woody-rosy chypre almost too god to be worn just so...intensivity is beyond good...staying power is fantastic, as it develops on my skin,never getting overboard, never being too strong or offensive to anyone.. it suits all kinds of women, not an ''old lady'' scent as some like to say... romantic,light and very pleasant to wear.. it is a winner for me and I'll be using it generously,especialy in my office...fresh and vibrant.. if you like roses and chypre category (also if you like Diva,P.Picasso,Boucheron,Jil Sander No 4), you won't regret trying this one... a good,good perfume!
I'm soo excited to write this review because I can't remember when was the last time I was soo thrilled with a cosmetic product... this is great concealer!!it covers perfectly my undereye circles,blends easily, doesnt crease or irritate my skin..just perfect...I have shades: Fair-a light,pale peach undertone (which was a little to light so I gave it to my friend),Light- a pink light undertone,which I use and love, and Beige-a pale yellow undertone, which is juuust a little to dark for me...but I blend them and mix them depending on my morning/evening looks... it costs around 5 bucks which is dirt cheap and I will repurchase it big time!!! great product!!
two words: an amazing blush...heavily pigmented, melts like butter on your fingers....but gives a beautiful healthy color and glow!!it is a fantastic pinkish-coral colour, very cheap, comes in a practic plastic jar...I used to put it on my cheeks with fingers due to the amazing liquid consistence, so you can easily blend it...but the blush brushes are even better, because the colour spreads more even... great stuff from NYX, definitely worth repurchasing again!!
OMG!OMG,omg,omg... this frag was my first introduction to Gucci perfumes...and while all of my friends are sobbing and crying for Gucci Rush, Flora,Gucci by Gucci, etc..this one was and still is my HG scent...it was very expensive at the time, so one summer I entered my perfumery just cos I had some spare time...and started sniffing perfume bottles,well, nothing happened...still I took a bottle of Eau de Parfum and it happened..I was literally in love with this one!mind you it was summertime, very hot outside, yet this frag was just perfect for summer and hot weather!! of couse two days later I paid a good amound of money for the 1 oz. bottle and took my precious liquid home....ok, that is the story, romanticized version:)) and now the frag: heavy patchouly, leather, resinoid,almost kinda whiskey-like(or some other expensive alkoholic drink) scent...veeery deep, very sexy, yet it suceeds to stay cold...yes, realy cold,and warm at the same time...feminine (though at the first sniff you could almost imagine a beautiful guy wearing it..), very creamy and smooth... it reminds me a little of P.d'Empire's Cuir Ottoman..yes, it has a leathery,rich,syrupy quality..still it is not heavy at all!!! for me it is a perfect summer smell, and by that I mean, it can be pulled of during summer days and nights... seductive, quiet, yet very alluring and special....I smell some amber too,dark rose,orris,oranges and something peppery, icy....mmmm, what a frag!!! intensity: about 8 hrs. on my skin, and it lingers on like a fine and luxurious body cream...for all ya oriental-spice-leather lovers-this is an absolute must try...
...I think that it is quite unfair to call this perfume ''a copy of something'' because it is not! Idylle is a floral.not chypre.that is the first fact....yes, you can detect loads of musk at the background, but musk is a component that stands out in almost every composition where it is put. so, it has a slight resemblance with NR and Lovely, still it stands out as a pretty unique and sparkly floral that has a story for itself... I've heard a lot of criticists who also said that Guerlain ''doesn't deserve such a frag...''..i mean, what do you mean by that? it is a very respectable house with the world's most unique and famous scents, and this one is an aberation towards florals...not every scent Guerlain does doesn't have to be so darn unique, simply because it can't!!there are so many brands and perfume houses that it seems to me it is not possible to create a unique frag that doesn't remind us of something else...and we're in the 21 century...do you really expect that there will be some other Mitsouko (old vintage version that's almost impossible to buy), or Shalimar....or Apres L'Ondee?no way... the fact is that this perfume is a beautiful blend of flowers, very gentle composition with a sparkly, ''vintage'' fruits (litchee,raspberry...)...maybe a bit heavy in first 15 minutes, but then it softens like a silky scarf and envelopes you in a fantastic cloud of femininity...I love it.and hope noone will say- oh, there's Narciso again...cause it is not...and you just can't confuse one with the other...
Got it today from a very dear friend as a gift...first impression was a bit awkward considering the fact,I've been ''close-encountering'' tuberose in almost every perfume I liked so far... and this one instantly reminded me of Cartier's Panthere..yes, it is the fruity (ripe apricot) meets tuberose meets ylang-ylang scent. big and heavy 80-ties, sexy piece of art..I don't quite understood this sexy part untill I left it on my hand for a while,and after an hour or so, it began to swirl through my nostrils making me kind of dizzy... it vaguely resembles Fracas,yet Fracas is a story for itself..it is basic,very elegant,animalistic,leathery...and very retro...Blonde is on the other hand closer to big and brilliant Cartiers pieces like the one I've mentioned (Panthere), but minus the orangy part, and that makes Blonde so beautiful dry and creamy... wonderful intensity,amazing sillage,but quite heavy on me...I'm gonna give it one more chance,but other than that...wow!
OMG! this smells exactly like Kenzojungle Elephant, which I adore!! it is a delicious blend of heavy spices,cinnamon, cloves, cardamom,vanilla and...hm...something I cannot describe.. if you don't like semi-oriental-gourmand-spicyness in perfumes, don't even try to gat this one... I just love the way this scent comforts me, gives the feeling of cosyness and happiness...not cloying according to my taste, not heavy (like, loaded with vanilla and sugary components)...just kinda ''african-bushy''... rooibos tea with cardamom, with a milky,creamy touch to it.. got it from my friend, but if you dig hard enough, you can find Etro-s for a bargain!this one is amazingly cheap (Ebay, 3.3.oz. about 30 $), it has a wonderful silage, very good longaevity, and doesn't offend the people's noses as much as maybe Kenzo which is much heavier at the beginning... if you don't like it at first, give it some time, you might fall in love with it if your skins chemistry doesn't collide with the components... great!!!
OK, I have a very strange attitude towards Chanels in general! I really like Coco, Chanel No5 Eau Premiere and of course Cristalle.. I absolutely DON'T like No 5,No 19 nor Coco Mademoiselle... It is weird! Since I first tried Cristalle, I felt something going on with us two...I didn't actually like it at first but now, some 10 years later, I got it! I seems to me I didn't ''understand'' it then-that's the most accurate expression there is! Chanels really need to be understood and appreciated so you can enjoy them to the max! After few heavy ''Balboa nose trainings'', I learned to specify the very composition (the heart) of a perfume, considering the notes and sillage, so this is my humble verdict: Chanel Cristalle is by all meanings green,cold,bitter chypre which tends to smell a bit masculine too, but weirdly on me it isn't! EDP smells like beautiful green and creamy chypre that is so kinda familliar from somewhere...you know, when you get a whif of a prefume and it lingers in your head for a long time, you can subconsciously ''recognize'' it, just like the Madeleine cookie, translating you to some distant time and space dimansion and dream-like atmosphere.... I'm not keen on comparing perfumes or connecting them with a particular occasion or period in my life, but this Chanel brings up only happiness!! A very vaguely hidden in the corner of my head, almost atavisticly and subconsciously ''glued'' to my sensory parts... What I want to say-it is a fantastic ''time-machine'' scent...warm,very unique,smells like something luxurious and chic ( due to the 'rotten peaches and vetyver note...as a member nailed it perfectly)..like, old, but in a good way, it smells like history, it smells like everything the name Chanel stands for...classy and exclusive perfume meant for every woman, but wearable for the ones who know how to wear it properly!! Someone said it beautifully-it is not a scent, it is a ''basic stuff'' like putting your clothes on in the morning..it doesn't have a perfumy character...it is character for itself!! wonderful!!! four lippies just because it is pretty expensive and not my HG scent..other than that- a breed perfume! ( hail my little Cesar for buying it for me:*!!)
...comparing Chanel's Eau Premiere and Un Air de Samsara is very,very accurate in the way they are somewhat ''lighter'' versions of the originals....but in the drydown they are also very alike...efervescent citrus-y begining, and quite fammiliar oriental note, makes Un Air de Samsara breezier, more gentle version, not as overpowering as the original...though the original is beautiful but very heavy, both have this unique scent, with the gorgeous drydown! I find the Samsara a bit hard and molassey for me, and thought I'll never wear it again, (since I've purchased and finished 1 oz. bottle, and at the very end got tired of it) a very dear friend of mine gave me the lighter version and I was pleasently surprised!It is bright,summery coctail that still got that magic sweetnes to it...a kind of woody elegance,made for seduction... it is not so sweet as the original, more flowers and musc are detectable in this one...and at some point it starts to smell exactly like Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere... love both of them!! (edit, on the 05.09.2011-I CAN'T BELIEVE I WROTE I'LL NEVER WEAR SAMSARA AGAIN!!!NAAAAAH, stupid me:)))I sooo wear it recently....)<3